Hawthorn Foundation: for Missouri

About Hawthorn

The Hawthorn Foundation is a highly diverse group of Missouri leaders in business, education, economic development, healthcare and labor dedicated to making the state of Missouri stronger, thus developing a vibrant economy for the state of Missouri. Hawthorn was created as and remains a non-partisan, non-political organization of Missouri-based businesses and community leaders in statewide business recruitment, retention, and development efforts. Hawthorn also supports the State of Missouri government’s efforts to improve its effectiveness and efficiency to better serve its citizens.  The Missouri Partnership is an important "front wheel" component of the Hawthorn Foundation.  

Did you know? The partnership of the Department of Economic Development, the Hawthorn Foundation, and its representatives produce over $15 billion in annual Department of Defense payroll in the state of Missouri. This represents 6-7% of the state GDP.  

Ex-Officio Members

  • Senator Kit Bond (1973-1977, 1981-1985)
  • General John Ashcroft (1985-1993)
  • Governor Roger Wilson (2000-2001)
  • Governor Bob Holden (2001-2005)
  • Governor Matt Blunt (2005-2009)
  • Governor Jay Nixon (2009-2017)
  • Governor Eric Greitens (2017-2018)
  • Governor Michael L. Parson (2018-   )

Upcoming Board Meeting

The next board meeting is Friday, August 24 at 9:30 AM. Register to attend on the Upcoming Events page.

Hawthorn's Newest Members  

Congratulations to our newest members:

Latest News: Hawthorn's 35th Anniversary

The Hawthorn Foundation celebrated its 35th Anniversary in March! See photos from the event or watch the video tribute to Kit Bond: